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Ribicoff Warns Nixon May Try to Impose Mideast Settlement

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Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D. Conn.) warned in a taped television interview broadcast here that President Nixon, if reelected in November, could well make a deal with the Russians to impose a peace on the Middle East. He said he did not know why the Israelis were making “a great hero” of Nixon since it was only after December 1971 that his record became favorable to Israel (See special news analysis on P. 4.)

Ribicoff, who had been offered the Democratic Vice-Presidential nomination but declined it, said he resented “the attempt to make American Jews into political pawns. Ribicoff defended McGovern’s Middle East position as “the best for Israel-US relations.” The Connecticut Senator made the McGovern nomination speech last week in Miami at the Democratic National Convention.

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